BitDefender's security experts analyzed and examined the menaces of the second half of 2008, focusing on software vulnerabilities and exploits, different types of malware, as well as countermeasures, cyber crime prevention and law enforcement. They found that internet users had to cope with approximately 2,000 new and mutated viruses per day, nearly 50,000 phishing attempts per month and more than 1,000,000 hijacked computers that spread bots, rootkits, Trojans and other malware in 2008.
"The purpose of BitDefender's E-Threats Landscape Report is to provide consistent and useful information to consumers about the malware industry," said Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender's chief technology officer. "Not only does BitDefender want to educate consumers about what is currently happening in the malware industry, but we also want to provide consumers with guidance about what to expect and how to protect against e-threats in the upcoming year. For example, nearly 45 percent of the e-threats in the wild in 2008 were distributed via e-mail. With this in mind, consumers should make securing e-mail communication a priority in 2009."
E-Threat predictions for 2009 from BitDefender's E-Threats Landscape Report include: Malware production will continue to exploit the same Web-based capabilities of Trojans, spyware and rootkits Existing e-threat families will suffer significant upgrades and mutations in terms of stealth and automation of spreading mechanisms An increase in the exploitation of application vulnerabilities, similar to the latest password stealing application vulnerability (Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A) BitDefender researchers identified in early December, is expected to increase Targeted attacks on Web 2.0 applications, namely social networking sites, is expected to increase. Smart phones and other intelligent high-end devices with permanent Internet access will be targeted by new generations of mobile malware
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